Two Face Felony Drug Charges

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two western Lyon County teens face felony drug charges after their arrests this week.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s office reports their deputies arrested 18-year-old Anthony P. Viereck of Larchwood on two counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana under 50 kilograms. Both charges are Class D Felonies.

Also arrested was 19-year-old Mason A. Vanden Brink of Inwood. He was also charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana under 50 kilograms. In addition, Vanden Brink was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor; and Maintaining a Drug House, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. The charges were filed after deputies executed a search warrant at Vanden Brink’s home.

Worthington Woman Arrested On ID Theft Charges

Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, MN woman has been arrested on identity theft charges in Sioux County.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, their deputies arrested 22-year-old Dionicia Lopez-Tema of Worthington, MN.

Lopez- Tema was charged with Forgery and Identity Theft.

The investigation was initiated after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a person in Puerto Rico reporting that someone was using her identity at Premium Iowa Pork, in Hospers. After an investigation, deputies believe that Lopez-Tema was working under that person’s identity.

Weekend Drug Bust, 17 Arrested So Far

Storm Lake, Iowa — Several people are facing drug-related charges in northwest Iowa following an investigation that was launched two years ago.
Storm Lake Police have made 17 arrests in connection with a series of drug investigations involving the manufacturing, sale and use of meth, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. The enforcement operation dubbed “Operation Raw Deal” began early Thursday morning and ran through the weekend. During the investigation, police searched two houses, seizing drug, cash, and paraphernalia.

Police are looking for several more people in connection with the investigations and are working with law enforcement agencies in other states in search of the wanted suspects.

Arrest Made In Sheldon Package Thefts Case

Sheldon, Iowa — An arrest has been made in the ongoing case of reports of package thefts in Sheldon.
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The Sheldon Police Department has filed multiple criminal charges against a Sibley woman for her alleged involvement in the thefts.

Officers charged 43-year-old Becky Lynn Vander Plaats with Theft in the 3rd Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. Authorities believe that she was involved with at least nine of these thefts. She was also charged with nine counts of Simple Misdemeanor Trespassing.

The Sheldon Police Department received twenty-six separate reports from residents who had packages stolen from the front entry areas of their homes between December of 2013 and February of 2015. The packages had been delivered to the homes by several different shipping and postal delivery services. The packages contained a variety of items including clothing, electronics, craft items, shoes, tools, and numerous other miscellaneous items.

Officers executed a search warrant at Vander Plaats’ home at 526 Ninth Avenue in Sibley, and seized numerous items of an evidentiary value from the home.

Vander Plaats will be required to appear in court on a future date to answer to the charges.

Assisting the Sheldon Police Department were deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department.

The police department wants to remind the public that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that all persons are innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Weekend News From Sheldon PD

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Police were kept busy with a pair of minor accidents and an arrest on Friday the 13th.

Around 11:30 Friday morning police were called to a two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of 9th Street downtown in Sheldon.  According to the accident report, a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by 19-year old Riki Langfitt of Sheldon was southbound in an alley, and when she attempted to turn onto 9th Street, struck a 2014 Ford Focus, driven by 21-year old Nathan Mordick of Sioux Falls.  Damage to Mordick’s car was estimated at $1,000, while Langfitt’s SUV received an estimated $1500 in damage.  There were no injuries.  Langfitt was ticketed for Failure To Yield The Right Of Way.

Then, shortly after 3:00 pm Friday, police received a report of a hit & run accident in the 900 block of 9th Street.  According to authorities, a 2005 Ford Focus, owned by Trinity Boer of Sheldon, was legally parked along the north curb when it was struck by an unknown vehicle, causing approximately $2000 in damage, before leaving the scene.

Sheldon Police arrested a 23-year old Sheldon man Friday night shortly after 7:10 pm.  Pollice say Brandon Finney of Sheldon was jailed on a charge of Driving While Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.


Authorities Looking For Green Car

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a car that allegedly didn’t stop after being involved in an accident in Hull on Friday, March 13.
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The Sioux County Sherfif’s Office reports that a Silver 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, owned by Chad Rozeboom of Hull, was parked on Maple Street, near Fifth Street by the Hull city park basketball court. They say that a southbound green four-door car, unknown make or model, allegedly sideswiped the Pontiac and left the scene of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office says witnesses further described the car as clean and having tinted windows.

Authorites say the suspect car will have damage on the passenger’s side, around the mirror, and that the driver was the only occupant of the suspect car.

Damage to the Pontiac was estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, or to remain anonymous, you can use the
text-a-tip program.